Learn about the natural and organic ingredients we use in our mineral sunscreens.
These are our original sunscreen formulas and contain only organic plant oils, butters, beeswax and Vitamin E (in addition to the mineral zinc oxide.) These illustrations were created for Badger by Kate Beetle, and © Copyright the W.S. Badger Company.
High Oleic Sunflower Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – All Sunscreen Creams (except Anti-Bug)
Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our sunscreen creams. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold processed olives) – SPF 35 Face Stick and SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen Cream
Our Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Oil has a subtle fragrance and is rich with polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin E, living enzymes, and natural ferments, which contribute to this oil's superior therapeutic effect. Olive Oil is readily absorbed by the skin – and provides an nourishing base for an emollient and antioxidant rich sunscreen cream.
Beeswax (Certified Organic) – All Sunscreen Creams
Our traditionally processed wax serves as the thickening agent in our sunscreen creams. Beeswax reduces moisture loss from the skin and has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures. It has a sweet honey-like fragrance and a golden color.
Jojoba (Certified Organic) (from Jojoba Seeds) – SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen Cream
Our organic, cold pressed Jojoba Oil balances and moisturizes your skin while providing additional stability to our sunscreen creams. Jojoba, often described as Jojoba Oil, is actually a liquid plant wax or ester, made from a desert shrub. Jojoba is unique because it has similar properties to the oil found on human skin, which makes it remarkably nourishing.
Shea Butter (Certified Organic) (from Shea Nuts) SPF 35 Face Stick
Our organic Shea Butter is traditionally processed from the African Karite Nut and cold pressed, thus retaining its rich antioxidants and high levels of vitamins A and E – well known for skin healing. It has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties and has a phenolic profile similar to that of green tea. Shea butter is added to our Face Stick Sunscreens as part of the power-packed, antioxidant-rich base.
Cocoa Butter (Certified Organic) (from Cacao Fruit) - SPF 35 Face Stick
Our traditionally processed Cocoa Butter is Certified Organic. Derived from the cocoa bean, Cocoa Butter is a deliciously rich and creamy skin soother and moisturizer that has been used as a dry skin healer for generations. It provides a protective barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture that your skin loses from cleansing and exposure to the elements.
Vitamin E (Certified Natural) (from Sunflowers) – All Sunscreen Creams & SPF35 Face Stick
Vitamin E is a natural preservative and rich in antioxidants. The Vitamin E in our sunscreens is now derived exclusively from Sunflower, as opposed to mixed sources including corn and soy - this is great news for our friends with food allergies! Badger began shipping sunscreens containing the Sunflower Vitamin E in June 2012, and "Sunflower Vitamin E" is clearly marked in the ingredients panel.
We understand that it is uncommon for Badger products to contain ingredients that are not immediately recognizable; however, a certain amount of chemistry is required to create a lotion base that combines oil and water, and doesn't need to be refrigerated. You have our word that every ingredient meets our Badger standard for safety and purity. Most are single components of ingredients we already use, processed to reach a desired effect (to thicken, disperse, and preserve the product). We will never use ingredients suspected to have negative health concerns.
Aloe Juice (Certified Organic) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Organic Aloe juice makes up the ultra-gentle and non-greasy base of our sunscreen lotions. Aloe, a succulent desert plant, has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe and rehydrate parched skin. With good antioxidant properties Aloe has also been shown to aid the body's natural process of healing and repairing sun-damaged skin. We love the common name for this plant — Wand of God.
High Oleic Sunflower Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our sunscreen creams and lotions. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.
Elderberry Fruit Extract (from the fruit of the Sambucus nigra plant) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Glucose + Lactoperoxidase + Glucose Oxidase – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
A natural preservative system and powerful antioxidant. Generates antimicrobial activity using oxidation products that target bacterial and fungal cell walls. Derived from non-GMO corn products, whey products, fermentation products, and trace amounts of synthetic materials.
This is a unique hybrid product that protects from the sun and bugs. The inactive sunscreen ingredients contain our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil and several essential oils such as Geranium, Cedar, and Citronella which, in addition to the Castor Oil, act as active anti-bug ingredients.
Are the sunscreens soy-free?
Our SPF 25 sunscreen lotions contain glycerin which is derived from soy. Our sunscreen creams do not contain any soy products.
Are the sunscreens gluten-free?
None of our sunscreen ingredients contain gluten; however, since the facility that fills the sunscreen is not a certified gluten-free facility, we cannot make the claim that the lotions are gluten-free.
Are any of these sunscreens Vegan?
A very small percentage of the ingredients in our sunscreen lotions are derived from whey, so they are not vegan. Our sunscreen creams and sticks contain beeswax and they also cannot be considered vegan.
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